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World Oceans Day takes place every 8 June. It has been celebrated unofficially since its original proposal in 1992 by Canada’s International Centre for Ocean Development (ICOD) and the Ocean Institute of Canada (OIC) at the Earth Summit – UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[1] The Brundtland Commission, i.e. the World Commission on Environment and Development, provided the inspiration for a global oceans day. The 1987 Brundtland Report noted that the ocean sector lacked a strong voice compared to other sectors. At the first World Oceans Day in 1992, the objectives were to move the oceans from the sidelines to the center of the intergovernmental and NGO discussions and policy and to strengthen the voice of ocean and coastal constituencies world wide.
The Ocean Project, working in partnership with leading organizations from all sectors, including the World Ocean Network, Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and many others in its network of 2,000 organizations, has been promoting World Oceans Day since 2002 and together with World Ocean Network led a three-year global petition movement to secure official UN recognition. World Oceans Day was officially recognized by the United Nations in late 2008.[2]
World Oceans Day events are celebrated on 8 June, the closest weekend, the week, and the month of June. The day is marked in a variety of ways, including launching new campaigns and initiatives, special events at aquariums and zoos, outdoor explorations, aquatic and beach cleanups, educational and conservation action programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events. Youth have been playing an increasingly important role since 2015, including the development in 2016 of a World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council (Wikipedia).
The following recording was recorded at midnight 29th of May in a wonderful weather nearby Hraunhafnartanga peninsula, close by the arctic circle.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at low to mid level, or in speakers at medium level.

(mp3 256kbps / 55Mb)

Recorder: Sound devices MixPre6
Mics: Sennheiser MKH8020/8040 (Parallel AB37)
Pix: LG-G6

Location: 66.52273, -16.03947
Weather. Calm. Clear sky. around 7°C

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Hér er á ferðinni lágstemmd hljóðupptaka sem beinlínis lýsir ljóðrænni sveitasælu út við sjó. Hún er tekin upp við Kópavog fyrir neðan bæinn Ófeigsfjörð við samnefndan fjörð á Ströndum.
Ímyndaðu þér að þú liggir þar með lokuð augun á grasbala rétt ofan við fjöruna við hliðina á lækjarsprænu sem rennur þar til sjávar. Þú ert þar milli svefns og vöku, það er logn og sólin vermir skrokk og grundir. Lágstemmd en þung undiraldan lemur sandfjöruna fyrir neðan þig og þú heyrir í henni jafn vel neðan úr jörðinni sem ofan.
Nú stefnir allt í að þessi sveitasæla sé að hverfa á þessum dásamlega stað.
Það hefur væntanlega ekki farið fram hjá nokkrum manni að innlendir sem erlendir braskarar hafa gengið hart í því að fá að virkja Hvalá sem rennur í Ófeigsfjörð. Mikil andstaða er við þessi virkjanaáform. Hafa braskararnir því mútað fólki með ýmsum hætti s.s. með loforðum um innviðauppbyggingu ofl.
Ég ætla ekki það skrifa meira um þetta hér, en vísa á fréttir og blaðagreinar.

Sjá fréttaskýringu frá RUV  (1. nóvember 2017)
Sjá blaðagrein hjá Stundinni  (9. febrúar 2018)

Kópavogur in Ófeigsfjörður

There are not many places left in Iceland where it is possible to have peace from traffic or feel as you are in clean unspoiled nature. But one of this places is in the northeast Iceland named Hornstrandir and Strandir.
But now, „business“ gangsters are planing to build a power plant in the river Hvalá that flows into the fjord, Ófeigsfjörður at Strandir.

Read article about this attack on this region:

Conservationists reject plans for hydropower plants in untouched Westfjords wilderness
Plans to destroy unique waterfalls in an abandoned fjord meets stiff resistance
See the breathtaking hidden waterfalls of the remote Strandir region in beautiful video

Following recording was recorded in June 2015 below the old farm Ófeigsfjörður which will be just a typical noisy place in the future if the business gangsters are going to build the power plant just few kilometers north of the recording place.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at low to mid level, or in speakers at medium level.

(mp3 256kbps / 56Mb)

Recorder: Sound devices 788
Mics: Rode NT1a (NOS)
Pix: Canon EOS M
Recording location: 66.049968, -21.703009
Weather. Calm, sunny, about 14°C

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It was a BBC article „’Worrying alarm call’ for world’s birds on brink of extinction“ which reminded me about several recordings I have made of seabirds in cliffs. This recordings are not many or interesting, but who knows how this cliffs will sound in the future when the climate change has changed or destroied the livelihood for many bird species.
So what ever about the quality of this recording is, it can be valuable in the future. Just imagine if we had been given the opportunity to record the Great Auk before it became extinct in the mid- 19th century. It would have been wonderful.
We are loosing some animal species almost every month on the planet. So it is very important to record as much as we can of the biosphere now and in the future…even though it is as likely the recordings will disappeared after several years for just „technical reason“.
„Krýsuvíkurbjarg is a wave-cut cliff that rises from the sea in the lava of Krýsuvíkurhraun.
There are many bird nests found there, approximately 60,000 pairs consisting of 9 kinds of sea birds. The black-legged kittiwak (Rissa tridactyla) is the most common one, a common migrant found in many places in Iceland. It’s population in Iceland is estimated to be about 630.000 birds, what is an interesting fact since the population of people is only 330,000 in the country! The estimated number of kittiwaks in Krísuvíkubjarg is about 21,000 birds.
Common murre (Uria aalge) is a large auk also found in Krýsuvíkurbjarg. They make no nest, their single egg is incubated on a bare rock ledge on a cliff face. Their breeding can be very tight up to 70 birds on each square meter. Interestingly, the young are considered ready to leave their nest only three weeks old, but the male bird teaches the young how to hunt in the beginning. The estimated number of the Common murre in Krýsuvíkubjarg is about 20.000 birds
There are other kinds found on the cliff, but with smaller amounts of birds.The razorbill (Alca torda), The thick-billed murre (Uria lomvia). The northern fulmar (Fulmarus glacialis). The Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) can be found there, but is not as common as it is in Vestmannaeyjar. The European shag (Phalacrocorax aristotelis). The European herring gull (Larus argentatus) is there and the black guillemot or tystie (Cepphus grylle). Above the cliff edge other kinds can be found like the purple sandpiper (Calidris maritima) and The snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis).“ (discover.is)
This recording was made 11th of July 2016.
Quality open headphones are recommended while listening at low to mid level, or in speakers at low level.

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Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics: DPA4060 in „binaural“ setup
Pix: Canon EOS-M
Location: 63.832656, -22.091189
Weather: Cloudy, NW 3-5m/sec, 13°C

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One year ago I published the first part of this calm seashore recording. It is therefore now a good reason to publish the rest of this beautiful recording.
This recording was made close to Holtstangi in Önundafjörður, in the north vest of Iceland 19th of June 2012 after midnight.
For those who like to get this recording in full length (42 min.) and quality can order it at Very quiet records.
Quality headphones are recommended while listening at low level.

Bryggjan við Holtstanga. 2. hluti

Hér kemur seinni hluti upptöku sem sett var á vefinn fyrir ári síðan.
Upptakan var gerð undir bryggju vestan við Holtstanga innst inni í Önundafirði 19. júní 2012.
Fyrir þá sem langar að eignast upptökuna í fullri lengd og gæðum geta sótt upptökuna hjá útgáfu Very quiet records.
Mælt er með því að hlusta á þessa upptöku í góðum heyrnartólum og á lágum hljóðstyrk.

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Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics: Rode. NT1a (NOS)
Pix: Canon EOS 30D
Rec. Location: 66.017053, -23.447596

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In Önundarfjörður (fjord) northwest of Iceland is a small village, Flateyri. During the winter, avalanches are falling in the mountains all around the fjord.
In Oktober 1995 a huge avalanche hit Flateyri. Many houses were wiped away and 20 died. Several other avalanches and the crazy weather closed the road to the village so the only way for rescue team was from sea.
The first rescue unit pass a molded 45 years old dock in the bottom of the fjord at Holtstangi. This dock was made in 1950 for security reason if avalanches close the road and other communication to Flateyri
This terrible avalanche in the October night 1995, shows how important this dock was for the community, so it was rebuilt in the spring 1996.
This recording was made in the beach close to this dock 19th of June 2012

Bryggjan við Holtstanga 1. hluti

Ferjubryggja hefur lengið verið að Holti í Önundarfirði. Bryggjan var og er fyrst og fremst öryggisaðstaða fyrir Flateyringa, vegna þess hvað vegasamband um Hvilftarhlíð er ótryggt vegna snjóflóðahættu. Kom notagildi hennar berlega í ljós þegar snjóflóðið féll á Flateyri í október 1995.
Bryggjan var þá orðin 45 ára gömul og mikið fúin. Var því gripið til þess ráðs um vorið 1996 að endurbyggja bryggjuna og þá úr fúavörðum viði.
Hljóðritið sem hér má heyra ver tekið upp um miðnætti í fjörunni við hliðina á bryggjuni 19. júní 2012.

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Recorder: Sound devices 744
Mics. Rode NT1a (NOS)
Pix. Canon EOS30D

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Í fjöruborðinu fyrir neðan Europe Villa Cortes GL hótelið á Tenerife er sjávarlaug. Sá ég fáar manneskjur synda í þessari laug. Hún leit því út fyrir að vera frekar líflaus. En þegar betur var að gáð var hún full af lífi. Í lauginni var urmull krabba, snigla og annarra kvikinda sem ég kann lítil deili á.
Síðla dags þann 22. desember 2011, rétt fyrir sólsetur, stakk ég hljóðnemum í laugina og gleymdi mér í rúman klukkutíma við að hlusta á einhver kvikindi gefa frá sér hljóð. Í bland við öldunið og fótatak fólks sem gekk um laugarbakkann mátti heyra ýmis hljóð. Öðru hvoru skvettust öldur inn í laugina en háværastir voru líklega sniglar sem nörtuðu botn og veggi laugarinnar í ætisleit.

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Creatures in the pool

In the beach below the Hotel “Europe Villa Cortes GL” at Tenerife is a sea pool. It was probably build some years ago for people to swim, but today it is full of all kinds of algae, snails, crabs and other creatures, so it looks not popular for humans.
In the afternoon at 22 of December 2011, I put hydrophone in the pool and recorded more than one hour of mystique sound. Most audible sound are rumbling sound from the surf. Sometimes the waves goes all the way in the pool with splashing sound and sometimes footsteps can be heard when people walk by the pool side. But there is also many other sounds from organic creatures, most likely from hungry snails scratching the pool surface.

Short version
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Long version
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Recorder: Sound Devices 744 (24bit / 48Khz)
Mic: Aquarian H2a-XLR
Pix: Olympus 4040 (underwater) and Canon 30D (See more pictures)

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Hér er á ferð samantekt af fimm hljóðritum sem tekin voru upp 3. apríl 2011 þegar ég og vinnufélagi minn Haukur Guðmundsson fórum dagsferð um Reykjanesið.
Byrjað var á því að fara að Kleifarvatni þar sem farið var að hverum sem komu upp á yfirborðið eftir jarðskjálftana árið 2000 þegar lækkaði skyndilega í vatninu. Ekki var þorandi að fara mjög nærri, því allt eins var víst að maður stigi fætinum í sjóðandi sandpytt.
Hljóðritið byrjar á þessum hver. Eftir það eru tvo hljóðrit frá Seltúnhverum. Við eftirvinnslu þeirra hljóðrita kom í ljós að önnur upptakan skilaði einhverjum titringi inn á hljóðritið sem erfitt var að skilja nema um jarðskjálfta hafi verið að ræða. Titringur þessi var á u.þ.b. 10 riðum. Ekki er vitað á hvaða styrk en væntanlega undir 3 á Richter.
Frá Seltúnshverum lá leiðinn eftir Suðurstarandavegi um Grindavík vestur að Gunnuhver sem fyrir okkur báðum var orðin ógnvænleg hrollvekja. Hvorugur okkar hafði farið þessa leið í langan tíma, en báðir mundum við eftir þessum hver sem litlu svæði sem gufa lagði upp frá. Nú var þetta orðið gríðar stórt svæði þar sem allt sauð og blés eins og í helvíti á jörð, gersamlega óþekkjanlegt. Það er ekki að furða þó jarðfræðingar séu á tánum yfir þessu skrímsli sem Gunnuhver er orðinn í dag. Myndavélin varð óvirk í eiturgufunum og ég var logandi hræddur um að þvælast með upptökutækin í þessum ætandi gufum. Aðeins ein upptaka náðist af þessum stað þar sem hljóðnemum var vísað í holu í útjaðri hverasvæðisins. Er það fjórði hverinn í hljóðritinu .
Frá Gunnuhver lá leiðin að framhjá Reykjanesvita niður í fjöru við Valahnjúka þar sem síðasta hljóðritið var tekið upp.

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Earthquake at Seltúnshver (Geothermal area)

It was in the beginning of mars, earthquake hit my house.
Almost nonstop earthquakes shakes landscapes south and east of Reykjavik capital so I was sure my recorder had picked up some earthquakes previous years. I searched in my mind where it was most likely it could have happened. After some research I found one, in almost forgotten recording. It was recorded in april 2011, when I and my pal at work went a day trip to Reykjanes peninsula. Reykjanes is very well known for earthquakes and geothermal activity. The main reason for this trip was to look at the changes of some geothermal area because of increasing activity last decade. As usual, my recorders followed me in this trip, but I was not satisfied with these recordings…until now.
Hereby I mix together five of these recordings as a travel log for this day trip.
First one is a hot spring that for centuries has been under water in Kleifarvatn Lake until the lake started to shrink after big earthquake at the year 2000.
The second one is also a hot spring recording but it contains the earthquake at very low frequency (10Hz). The third one is another hot springs close by, but with different mics and they did not detect earthquake as clearly. Both this recordings are recoded at Seltúnshver (Seltúns-hver=Seltuns-hotspring).
The fourth one was recorded at Gunnuhver close to Reykjanesvirkjun, a power plant that has changes a lot the geothermal activity on Reykjanes peninsula.
The fifth recording is waves of Atlantic Ocean hammering the cliffs at Reykanestá.

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The earthquake. Speed up version about 2x octave of the second recording above (Almost 3 minutes shrink to 37 sek). Subwoofer or quality headphones recommended

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Recorders: Korg MR1000 and Sound devices 552
Mics: Rode NT4 (XY) and Rode NT2a/Sennheiser ME64 (MS)
Pix: Canon 30D (see more pictures and information)

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